At 1/23/10 12:22 PM, WackyAnimation wrote:
I live in Pennsylvania. The age of consent is 16 but you cant watch porn until you are 18. What kind of logic is that?
Censorship policies based around conservative reactions tend to be devoid of logic and common sense by the end, which is why I find it all to be a fascinating topic. Your questioning is very much valid, as is much of the criticism of the 'extreme pornography' bit I mentioned above. One of my personal favourites can be read here from Lord Wallace of Tankerness:
"Clearly, if no sexual offence is being committed, it seems very odd indeed that there should be an offence for having an image of something which was not an offence. I can see nothing within the Bill that would stop a person having a picture of himself or herself engaged in that particular activity, which they would know was entirely consensual. Having engaged in it consensually would not be a crime, but to have a photograph of it in one's possession would be a crime. That does not seem to me to make sense."
It's as if you're liable to be charged with an offense every time you watch a violent Flash on Newgrounds. That's not the perfect way of putting it, but it makes me laugh either way.
Charging consenting adults also makes no sense, but I guess we're talking about kids here really.
At 1/23/10 12:25 PM, Celx-Requin wrote:
But yeah in the u.k. I think you need to be 18 in order to purchase porn, hell even some books are restricted to minors, "American Psycho" ,"The Peaceful Pill" to name a few, so I highly doubt it would be easier for a minor to access salacious materials in the U.K.
Porno, like I mentioned above, is technically rated 18+, meaning purchasing the stuff underaged is, according to the law, not allowed... but yeah, she the posts after that.
I've never heard about books being restricted to minors here though. In fact, I bought American Psycho from a music shop when I was sixteen, and no one batted an eyelid at me.There were a couple more 'inappropriate' books I bought underaged too, Naked Lunch for example. I don't usually check out erotic sections - I think I bought Venus In Furs after I'd turned eighteen, but still, it was a popular book shop (Waterstone's). No one cared, I had the money to pay, simple as.
With regards to American PSycho, I'm led to believe you're actually thinking of Australia.